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Chiefs fear McCluster may have MRSA

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That ankle injury attributed to Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster isn’t a sprain or a bruise or any other traditional ankle injury.

As explained by Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star, McCluster has a cut on his ankle that became infected.  And now the Chiefs are concerned that the infection could involve a type of bacteria that resists antibiotic treatment.

“I know the big question is, ‘Does he have MRSA?’ but we don’t know that because we don’t have all the cultures back,” trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday.

Burkholder said a “minor procedure” (i.e., a procedure performed not on you or anyone you care about) was performed on Thursday.  The “minor procedure” was apparently sufficiently non-minor to result in an overnight hospital stay.

“They opened the wound, cleaned it out, got him on an IV and antibiotics, and he was released [Friday],” Burkholder said. “He still has a chance to play on Sunday because it’s basically a laceration that he had an infection in.”

Still, if the infection turns out to be MRSA, eyebrows will be raised.  With Kansas City playing in Oakland, maybe some of the lingering sewage at the stadium will kill any bacteria the Chiefs may bring with them.

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26 Responses to “Chiefs fear McCluster may have MRSA”
  1. officialgame says: Dec 14, 2013 8:26 AM

    “He still has a chance to play on Sunday because it’s basically a laceration that he had an infection in.”

    So is gangrene.

  2. kd75 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:45 AM

    “Put some Tussin on it”
    ~Chris Rock

  3. Gordon says: Dec 14, 2013 8:51 AM

    Did he take a trip to Tampa?

  4. bennyb82 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:58 AM

    I am not a scientist but I would think lingering sewage attracts bacteria….

  5. billh1947 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:13 AM

    Another word for MRSA is the flesh eating disease,far, far from being just a common infection.infected limbs have had to be amputated,I know of one friend who was admitted to the hospital and died from MRSA,many people die from it so I am surprised he may play without ruling MRSA out first.

  6. brasho says: Dec 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    Chiefs did play Bucs in preseason.

  7. newagerocker says: Dec 14, 2013 9:19 AM

    MRSA is a staph infection. It can be controlled with antibiotics after they get it under control. MRSA almost killed my mother over the summer after an operation. She is still in rehab learning how to walk again. It’s serious business.

  8. lscratchingthesurface says: Dec 14, 2013 9:36 AM

    I just hope it’s not MRSA and that Dex is healthy!

  9. bigdawg24 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:39 AM

    Pop that pimple and play on.

  10. wethog66 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:55 AM

    FedEx strikes again.

    Oh wait, the Skins never got the guy on the ground all game last week.

  11. wfh88 says: Dec 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    “officialgame says:
    Dec 14, 2013 8:26 AM
    “it’s basically a laceration that he had an infection in.”

    So is gangrene.”

    Uh…no it isn’t ….

  12. professorcolumbus says: Dec 14, 2013 10:20 AM

    brasho says: Dec 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    Chiefs did play Bucs in preseason.

    __________

    How does this have more upvotes than downvotes? It is not difficult to look it up and see that is 100% incorrect.

  13. shnakeriver says: Dec 14, 2013 10:21 AM

    This issue is being overplayed in the media, big time. Stop the hysteria! Although MRSA can cause serious infections, for sure, the vast majority are minor and can be easily treated with antibiotics. It does not live in the sewage. It lives mostly in people’s noses and skin. …and yes,( before I get a bunch of thumbs down and negative comments) I happen to be an infectious disease doctor.

  14. bunjy96 says: Dec 14, 2013 10:48 AM

    brasho says: Dec 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    Chiefs did play Bucs in preseason.

    In Tampa?

  15. Tarkus says: Dec 14, 2013 10:50 AM

    “Chiefs did play Bucs in preseason.”

    Um, no, they didn’t.

  16. jtnguy39 says: Dec 14, 2013 10:55 AM

    You should be a sarcasm detector you would be great at it.

    bennyb82 says:
    Dec 14, 2013 8:58 AM
    I am not a scientist but I would think lingering sewage attracts bacteria….

  17. blogatron2000 says: Dec 14, 2013 10:58 AM

    Doesn’t sound to me like the team fears he may have MRSA. Sounds like they don’t know yet. It also sounds like they’re taking proactive measures and providing good care.

    Until there is a diagnosis of MRSA, this is just another case of the media trying to create something out of nothing.

  18. allday420ap says: Dec 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    Best of luck to cluster, always been a fan

  19. rayguyreturns says: Dec 14, 2013 11:34 AM

    Look. We have to maintain our sewage advantage. It’s our “12th man”, so to speak.

  20. whysomanylosers says: Dec 14, 2013 11:34 AM

    OK.. I’ll post it…
    He is from Tampa bay area.

  21. jbaxt says: Dec 14, 2013 11:43 AM

    It’s incorrect but the premise of how Tampa handled their issues is what makes it funny. I had no idea how many people lack some basic understanding of sarcasm, add the irony and they turn total DA.

  22. bwalla50 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:16 PM

    wfh88 says:
    Dec 14, 2013 10:07 AM
    “officialgame says:
    Dec 14, 2013 8:26 AM
    “it’s basically a laceration that he had an infection in.”

    So is gangrene.”

    Uh…no it isn’t ….

    Definition
    By Mayo Clinic staff
    Gangrene refers to the death of body tissue due to a lack of blood flow or a bacterial infection.

  23. boonevol says: Dec 14, 2013 1:03 PM

    And some of you think the demise of the NFL is Goodell and/or the refs.

    Haz mat suits to the first 1000 fans.

  24. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 14, 2013 2:21 PM

    It’s not funny. People die from this and lose limbs. Shame on you for trying to be funny.

  25. yojoemama says: Dec 14, 2013 3:04 PM

    Soon the entire Chiefs team will be infected with MRSA as well as Raiders player who come in contact with him.

  26. lionshawk says: Dec 14, 2013 3:26 PM

    I’ve had MRSA along with four other family members. More than anything it’s an annoyance as long as you get medical treatment the moment you suspect a site is started. When I first got it I was traveling in Europe and thought a spider had bit my elbow. In the end I probably picked it up on the plane over. The European doctor I saw had no idea and prescribed penicillin and by the time I got home it was not working as the MRSA was resistant. Within the next two years we fought this crap as our kids dealt with it off and on. It doesn’t have to be a laceration either. It could be a spot you scratch etc. Then as quickly as it arrived it was gone. It’s been 18 months and no one has had an issue. I also read horror stories of people dying etc but for the most part it’s just a pain.

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